Successful community day for Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team

A successful community engagement event was held by the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team and their local partners in Hatfield on Wednesday (11 August).

Montage of images from the Welwyn Hatfield safer Neighbourhood Community Safety Day

Taking place in White Lion Square, the team were joined by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Resolve, The Prince's Trust and officers from the constabulary's Children and Young Persons Team.

Residents were able to gain crime prevention advice and the team also used the event as an opportunity for bike-marking, which helps to prevent bikes being stolen. A large number of the attendees brought along their bikes for this, whilst younger attendees received packs of freebies including stationary and crime-prevention-orientated colouring-in sheets.

Cllr Bernard Sarson, Executive Member, Leisure and Community Safety, said:

This was a fantastic event and I was really pleased at the number of participants we saw - of all ages. Our partners gave some very useful advice, whether it was about keeping residents themselves or their possessions, such as their bikes, safe. I hope this proved reassuring for the people that we met, as being there with partner organisations and meeting residents face to face was hugely important in underlining our commitment to them in the face of the pandemic.

PCSO Deborah Akers, who organised the event, said:

It was great to meet so many residents and find out more about the issues affecting them. Events like these are a really important way of us communicating with the public and so I was pleased with the high turnout.

There were lots of positive comments from the public which was nice to hear. Please be assured that we will continue working hard to make sure Welwyn Hatfield is a safe place for you. Working with our local partners is key to this and I'm glad that they were keen to join us for this event.

This was a really successful event with lots of bikes marked and we hope to be able to start planning lots more events as we come out of the other side of the pandemic.

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